5.6. Improvement of education

5.6.1. Basic Policy of Faculty Development

The Graduate University must maintain and improve the quality of its Faculty in order to provide an outstanding education at OIST and to meet the different educational needs of each student. The Graduate School will play an active role in the development of faculty members by implementing programs for faculty development in teaching and supervision of graduate students.

5.6.2. Methods

Specifically, the Graduate University will conduct the following:

5.6.2.1. Teaching Guidelines
The Faculty Development section of the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School will create, maintain and distribute guidelines for quality teaching to ensure uniform best-practice teaching standards are observed at OIST.

5.6.2.2. Student Teaching Evaluations
Students will evaluate each course at the end of the course. The results of such evaluations will be distributed to the teacher, and will also be available to students. The student responses to a standard subset of questions will be reported to the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. The Faculty Development section of the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School will assist the teacher to respond appropriately to this feedback.

5.6.2.3. Peer Review of Teaching
Faculty members will support the development of their colleagues by participating from time to time as classroom observers, with the agreement of the teacher. The date of such observation will be reported to the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, and the observer will discuss their observations with the teacher in a collegial and supportive manner.

5.6.2.4. Teacher Training
The Faculty Development section will arrange training sessions, and workshops for faculty development from suitably qualified facilitators, in order to enhance the teaching ability of OIST Faculty members.

5.6.2.5. Mentoring
A mentoring system will be established so that faculty with less experience in teaching and thesis supervision can meet with more experienced faculty to receive advice and support. As a part of this system the Thesis Committee supervising each student will include junior and senior Faculty members to facilitate the transfer of skills relating to supervision of research.

The Faculty Development section will implement these methods to ensure the improvement of the education and research of the Graduate University.

 

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